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Cecil Newton may be a problem for Cam Newton in the NFL, too

During Cam Newton’s Heisman Trophy-winning season at Auburn, his father, Cecil Newton, was a constant distraction. The NCAA ultimately ruled that Cecil violated recruiting rules by seeking money for his son’s services, but that Cam wasn’t aware of it.

Now that Cam Newton has entered the 2011 NFL draft, he doesn’t have to worry about NCAA regulations anymore. But that doesn’t mean his dad is done affecting his football career.

Jason La Canfora reported on NFL Network that some NFL teams are concerned about what role Cecil is having on his son’s preparation for the draft, and what role Cecil might have with his son going forward.

“Some are still wondering about that relationship,” La Canfora said. “They’re not just evaluating these young men, it’s their families and everyone around them that NFL teams are taking stock of as they decide whether to invest millions.”

If an NFL team thinks Cam Newton has the talent to be a great franchise quarterback, that team isn’t going to pass on him just because his dad is a helicopter father. But there’s no question that NFL teams want to know about players’ families, as Dez Bryant found out all too well when Jeff Ireland asked him if his mom was a prostitute. Cam Newton should be ready to answer lots of questions about his dad at the scouting combine.

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30 Responses to “Cecil Newton may be a problem for Cam Newton in the NFL, too”
  1. benh999 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:43 AM

    Cam’s Dad is a apparently a pimp.

  2. cappa662 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:47 AM

    I think Cam might be a bigger problem for Cam i.e. stealing laptops, stealing another students work and saying it was his own, going into bars while underage, smoking that sour and etc.

  3. xxwhodatxx says: Jan 26, 2011 9:55 AM

    Even if his dad is a distraction what should concern teams even more is that Cam is just a little bit better than average at QB

  4. nesuperfan says: Jan 26, 2011 9:56 AM

    Latest sign that Cecil Newton is going to be a problem: “He already called the Panthers’ front office to request Super Bowl tickets.

  5. FinFan68 says: Jan 26, 2011 9:59 AM

    Daddy just wants to get paid and has been exploiting his kid to get it. Sad. He is worse than a pimp.

  6. Slim Charles says: Jan 26, 2011 10:16 AM

    I seriously doubt that Cecil Newton would ever pull an Archie Manning. Race is the difference here.

  7. patfic15 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:18 AM

    Give me one (hundred eighty thousand) good reason I should believe that pastor Newton would ever be a hindrance to the success of his son. Shame on you.

  8. thelonious says: Jan 26, 2011 10:26 AM

    And people used to think Earl Woods was on his son’s gravy train…

    …oh, wait…

  9. jblazeandem says: Jan 26, 2011 10:34 AM

    @ cappa662

    aint nothin wrong w smokin that sour…all the greats do it

  10. quizguy66 says: Jan 26, 2011 10:37 AM

    “With the 4th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Bengals select…”

    Ugh, I just know Mike Brown is salivating to further screw us Bengals fans by drafting this guy 😦

  11. stixzidinia says: Jan 26, 2011 10:40 AM

    This clown won’t see a 2nd NFL contract….even he even makes it to the end of his first. Jamarcus Newton.

  12. wte1 says: Jan 26, 2011 11:03 AM

    I still want to know if Dez Bryant’s mom is a prostitute.

  13. tacoslinger619 says: Jan 26, 2011 11:04 AM

    You know the dirt is hiding till he signs that first contract, but they will just say it was Jesus’s path for them and probally play the vitcim card or some other BS.

  14. lucky5927 says: Jan 26, 2011 11:22 AM

    Cam Newton is far more advanced as a passer than JaMarcus was coming out of college. Or even Vince Young for that matter. His passing improved over the course of the season. Yet, he obviously has a lot of progress to make though. I’m not saying he is starter potential, but if Alex Smith can see a second contract, Newton can earn one. May not be as a starter, but JaMarcus raised the bar pretty high as a bust. It would take more than a dad interfering with day to day operations of a franchise to cause that downfall.

    Also, can we please move past the Ireland comment. Yes it is somewhat (barely) relevant, but its old news.

  15. jc1958coo says: Jan 26, 2011 11:43 AM

    he has to play for the team that drafts him, not the highest bidder like gollege! cecil probably too dumb to know!!!

  16. clinttaurus says: Jan 26, 2011 11:56 AM

    Cecil Newton + Bus Cook = more drama than he could possibly be worth…

  17. alewatcher says: Jan 26, 2011 12:02 PM

    jblazeandem says: Jan 26, 2011 10:34 AM

    @ cappa662

    aint nothin wrong w smokin that sour…all the greats do it
    Wake and bake, Breakfast of Champions.

  18. jackleone says: Jan 26, 2011 12:05 PM

    Listen to all you “do-gooders” judge someone. It amazes me how all you already know how it’s going to play out. Incredible.

  19. h8dansnyder says: Jan 26, 2011 12:21 PM

    Life imitates art. Cam Newton’s dad and Cam need to watch Friday Night Lights. The actor who plays Vince’s dad on FNL can soon audition for the role of Cam’s dad.

  20. shadowgm1 says: Jan 26, 2011 12:42 PM

    Or, what may just be his downfall could be his overinflated ego and the fact that a spread option quarterback with slow feet equals slow death for an NFL team already on the skids.

    Too bad Heisman voters don’t think about what system gets these losers their stats.


  21. coffinberry says: Jan 26, 2011 12:53 PM

    My dog barks some….

  22. arnoldziffel says: Jan 26, 2011 1:09 PM

    Isn’t Cecil Newton supposed to be some kind of pastor or minister? If that’s true, then apparently it’s in name only.

    Time to give up the false prophet gig and just jump full time into the football for profit gig, pastor newton.

    The world doesn’t need anymore bad preachers. Jeepers!!!

  23. pdxbolt says: Jan 26, 2011 1:36 PM

    Only a matter of time until the NCAA forces Auburn to vacate that national title.

  24. chobes68 says: Jan 26, 2011 1:43 PM

    what I’ve seen of him, excellent athlete, but doesn’t look like an NFL qb. I’ve seen this movie before.

  25. chazzmon says: Jan 26, 2011 1:45 PM

    Cecil Newton, Don King have we ever seen these two in the same place hmmmmmmmm. Maybe we’ll see him pretending healing on TV soon. Can’t wait!

  26. nitemare1 says: Jan 26, 2011 1:55 PM


    You know a Pimp when see one, why is that?

  27. gamustangdude says: Jan 26, 2011 1:58 PM

    Say what you want about Cam off the Field, on the field he’s been a winner at every level. The NFL is more than willing to overlook off the field incidents as we’ve seen in the past.

    And for eveyone who thinks Cam got paid to play, show me the proof to back up your whining. Or continue to past judgement on a guy you barley know, aside from reading in the tabloids, cause we all know how accurate that information is.

  28. newreality1 says: Jan 26, 2011 5:49 PM

    A pastors son.OhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhBoooooooooooooooooooy. Cam learn from tiger woods. Always pay them ahead of time, never leave a tweat, voice mail or any electronic message. Use a phone thats owned by a best friend that you pay lots of money to ahead of time also. Any more advice you need Ill gladly except your call Oh thats going to cost you MONEY PLAYER

  29. newreality1 says: Jan 26, 2011 5:53 PM

    ps. I forgot to address “THE PROOF THING” Dont worry The feds are diligintly working on that. But not to worry cam its not going to cost you a thing. The school, players and coaches are but buddy you good. KEEP ROLLING PLAYER

  30. espnfeedback says: Jan 27, 2011 2:41 AM

    Jason La Confora is simply stating the OBVIOUS. Where is the news in this? The Newtons Will face tremendous scrutiny because of the the controversies that have come to light over the recent past…Duhh!
    None of us know the full story. But one thing I know is La Conforas position at the NFL Network has precipitously diminished as of late. When he began at the network he appeared in the Los Angeles studio and on panels just has his predecessor, Adam Scheftor, had. But as this season went along he has appeared less and less; and when he does appear it is only via satellite. In addition the network has added Jay Glazer from Fox Sports to their insider roster who has in addition to having more sources has been more accurate in his reporting.

    This is obviously an attempt by La Confora to remain relevant by bringing up a story that engenders class and stereotypical cultural backlash from ‘Joe Fan’. This is evident by this site repeating such non stories as fodder for responders to viciously throw around terms/labels that refer to African American parents as pimps and prostitutes. Furthermore this site seems to be justifying Jeff Irelands disgraceful treatment of Dez Bryant in his pre draft interview last year.

    It has become painfully obvious that the sports media has learned to package, sell and monetize this cultural backlash. If you need evidence just read the comments on this site pertaining to the death of Ed Reeds brother.

    The question is; Is it worth it to your bottom line? Is it word for our society?

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